MSPM in the KNOW: January 16, 2018

Top 3 for 16 January 2018

1- Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to GW for our new MSPM students! We welcome all returning students back to the program. This is the first day of the semester and an exciting time at GWU as we continue to attract high caliber students.  Get to know our new students by viewing their MSPM Bio here. You may also check out previous Bio Books under the Resources tab at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

2- Thank you MSPM Student Orientation volunteers! The MSPM Student Orientation held last Friday, 12 January was a success. Thanks to MSPM Alumni Robert Endler and Kim Hurst as well as current MBA-MSPM student, Melody Peppard for participating in the student panel.  Special thanks to Melody for bringing MSPM alumni to the networking event following the student panel: Taghreed Mahdi, Shabnam Javid, Sharon White and Durriyyah Johnson. Check out orientation photos on our Facebook page.

3- Interested in Study Away Programs? Learn more about these opportunities by attending program information sessions. Study away programs are great opportunities for students to earn general elective credit during academic breaks. International and/or experiential courses allow students to gain expertise in a specific country and sector while networking with students across the School of Business and GWSB partner institutions overseas.

Information Sessions:

Long-term Study Abroad – Take classes for a semester or module at a GWSB partner university abroad | Tuesday, January 30th 5:00 – 6:00pm | 2201 G Street NW | Funger Room 520 | Washington, DC 20052 | Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Short-term Study Away – Take classes during GW academic breaks | Thursday, January 25th 6:00 – 7:00pm | 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 254 Washington, DC 20052 | Reception to follow

MSPM in the KNOW: January 9, 2018

Top 3 for 9 January 2018: 

1- Spring 2018 begins on Tuesday, 16 January. Make sure you are signed up for classes listed on your DegreeMAP. Review schedule of classes and register now to secure your seat and to avoid penalty from late registration. Confirm your schedule by logging into GWeb.  Courses and class schedule can be found via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time tab. This site provides your official registration details.

2- Spring 2018 Textbook List. The Spring 2018 MSPM textbook list is now available! Click here to view 201801 MSPM Textbook List.

3- Networking events and Job opportunities:

2201 G Street NW, Duques Lobby, 10 AM-12:30 PM EST | Event open to public |  RSVP via Handshake.

Exelixis

  • Interested in a quest to treat and defeat cancer? Join Exelixis! At Exelixis, everyone is focused on one common goal – launching new medicines that give patients and their families hope for the future. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and are essential to helping us realize our maximum potential. View multiple jobs available at: https://www.exelixis.com/careers/join-us/

If interested, contact MSPM student, Maria Martinez via mbmartinez@gwmail.gwu.edu.

Banco Adopem Summer InternshipApplication Deadline: 1/15

  • Banco Adopem is seeking students who have an interest in micro-enterprise/micro-financing to join their team in Dominican Republic. Applicants who are proficient in oral and written Spanish are highly encouraged to apply. Application link can be found here.

Hilti is Hiring Recent Grad Alumni

MSPM in the KNOW: December 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 December 2017:

1- DNSC 6247 Organization, Management and Leadership Course. Announcement, we are changing instructors for DNSC 6247 campus and distance sections beginning Spring 2018. Changes are as follows:

CRN 38063, DNSC 6247 Campus (10) will be taught by Dr. Robert Gaarder.          Dr. Gaarder is an Executive Coach and Organization Development Consultant to leaders of professional service organizations. He has been teaching with GWU since 2012 and owns a Professional Training & Coaching company, Leadership Resources. You may view Dr. Gaarder’s profile here.

CRN 38076, DNSC 6247 Distance (DE) will be taught by Dr. Julia Keleher.            Dr. Keleher is currently serving as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She has been teaching with GWU MSPM program since 2012 and founded her own company, Keleher and Associates in 2009. See more information here.  

2- Spring 2018 elective. The MSPM program is going to offer one, 3-credit elective course in Spring 2018 semester. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the MSPM program.  Below is a brief description of course offering: 

DNSC 6235: Communication Strategies in Project Management, DE (3 credits) This course examines leadership and management practices related to communication that facilitate successful project management. The course considers project communications across various organizational settings and through the five (5) project management process areas. We will focus on strategies and practices related to 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance reporting. Course readings focus on best practices in these areas. The culminating course project requires the application of practices learned in the context of an actual project.

Course instructor: Dr. Julia Keleher (jbkeleher@email.gwu.edu)

Check out schedule of classes for full list of DNSC and general elective options. Schedule an advisement session with Agnes for guidance www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3- GW Holiday Hours and Closures. GW will be closed December 22, 25, 29 and January 1. If you need to contact the MSPM program office or schedule an advisement session, please do so with these dates in mind. It is best to schedule an advisement session before December 22, or after January 1.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 12, 2017

Top 3 for 12 December 2017

1- Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week. We welcome MSPM students enrolled in DNSC 6269 Capstone (DE) for the residency week here at GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. Capstone is the culmination of students’ academic experience in the MSPM program. It has the cumulative learning content of all the other courses in the MSPM curriculum. Students learn to integrate all they learned from day one and demonstrate their ability through their capstone projects. Previous capstone students have produced handbooks for managing Ocean Cleanup Project, Mars project, UN-assisted elections, and the like. The residency week allows distance learning students to present their final work. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations!

2- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 2018 is ongoing. All current students must be either enrolled in coursework or on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) no later than 15 January 2018. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Thank you to those who attended the JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration last Friday, 8 December, featuring Robert (Bob) Estes. It was a good mix of attendees: current and incoming students, alumni, faculty, staff and non-GWU affiliated guests. Bob did a wonderful job with his presentation highlighting application of project management in scientific research and development. MSPM alumna, Kim Hurst (’17), provided JPSS giveaways for the event. The GWPMA table staffed by Ishai Trani (VP Elect) encouraged guests to assemble a paper model of the weather satellite project to win a t-shirt.  Check out photos posted on our facebook page.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 November:

1- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 2018 is ongoing. All students must be enrolled each spring and fall semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. To view available course offerings, check out schedule of classes. For those who need to enroll in capstone, you must send a registration transaction form to Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) to register. Unsure what to register for or looking to change your degree plan? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

2- Scholarships and Fellowships.

Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for AAUW International Fellowships. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts and sciences. Application deadline: 1 December 2017. Read more.

Spark your sustainability career by becoming an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps (EDFFC) fellow! EDFFC Fellows work on innovative projects such as: scaling energy efficiency, setting sustainability goals, accelerating renewable energy, evaluating supply chain sustainability and more. Check out job description here. Compensation is $1,250 per week and reimbursement of travel costs to the training and Energy Solutions Exchange, EDFCC’s annual conference. For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with your preferred host organization, apply by 5 December 2017 11:59 pm PT. Final application deadline is 5 January 2018 11:59 pm PT. For more information, visit the EDF Climate Corps website.

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) professional development scholarships help project managers, nonprofit staff, school administrators and teachers fund project management training. These scholarships fund standalone courses, not degree programs. Who can apply: Project management professionals, nonprofit/NGO staff, teachers and school administrators. Application deadlines for 2018: 15 February, 1 April, 1 July, 1 September

3- Events Roundup:

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 AM Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20052 ***Room changed to Duques 453

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration | 8 December 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM | 2201 G Street Northwest 1st Floor Lobby Washington, DC 20052 | Event open to public, RSVP by 4 December via http://evite.me/rZkysEwhvK

MSPM in the KNOW: October 24, 2017

Top 3 for 24 October 2017

1- Spring 2018 schedule now available. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Questions about classes to sign up for? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

Students must clear any outstanding holds to be eligible to register.To view the hold on your account, please visit: GWeb at https://banweb.gwu.edu/PRODCartridge/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin

  • Choose Student Records
  • Choose Student Records Information Menu
  • Choose View Administrative Holds

2- Internships, Fellowships and Job Opportunities

Congressional Budget Office Seeks a Public & Private Mandates Analyst – Deadline 10/25

  • The Budget Analysis Division is seeking an analyst for its Public and Private Mandates Unit to help CBO carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. More information can be found here.

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is Hiring Project Manager – Deadline n/a

  • HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Info Session – 10/25

  • Learn more about the internships and full time career opportunities in Healthcare Consulting, Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Health Policy, and more! More information can be found here. 

American Express Graduate Internships – Accepting Applications Now

  • Opportunities are available in Consulting, Marketing, HR, Strategy, etc. More information can be found here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

  • Seeking recent and current graduate students. Application opens on 10/23 at noon. More information can be found here.

Johnson & Johnson HR Leadership Development Program Virtual Info Session – 11/1

  • Open to all master students. Ideal for students with +5 years of work experience. Registration can be done here.

AARP – Strategy & Performance Part-Time, Year-Round Internship for Grad Students

  • Need a strong graduate student who is interested in a part-time, year-round internship (in January) with our Community States & National Affairs team.  Intern has to have a keen attention to detail, strong Excel and data mining experience, maintain data and content and project management support.  Students can apply directly to: www.aarp.org/careers– Job # 12459229.

3- Events Roundup:

PMI® Global Conference | 28 – 30 October 2017 | McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Stop by the GW MSPM booth (#612) at the Exhibition Hall. Email mspminfo@gwu.edu if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at ibi@gwu.edu

MSPM in the KNOW: October 17, 2017

Top 3 for 17 October 2017

1- Reminder, the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. Open positions are announced here. The candidate must be a current MSPM student and be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors. Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017.

2- VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant, applications due 15 November. Thanks to the generosity of former GW Trustee Mark Shenkman, the GW VALOR Professional Credentialing (VPC) Grant is able to reimburse military-affiliated students for the cost of a professional exam required to advance their career. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be used toward professional certification including the PMP exam. Applications due no later than 15 November. Review application details and apply here.

3- PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October. The GWMSPM is participating at the PMI® Global Conference scheduled from 28-30 October at McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois. MSPM alumnus, William Davis has generously offered his time to volunteer and join us at our exhibit table. We are thrilled to have him represent our program. If you are attending the PMI Global Conference, please come see us at booth #612 at the Exhibition Hall. The PMI Global Conference is not only a place to learn about new project management tools and services, but a place to meet up with colleagues! Let us know if you will be there, email mspminfo@gwu.edu.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 10, 2017

Top 3 for 10 October 2017

1- Student Holds. A quick reminder to check any holds on your account before Spring 2018 registration opens on 9 November.  All holds should show up on your GWeb account. Students should contact Student Accounts Office for any questions related to financial holds (sao@gwu.edu | Phone: 202-994-7350). Questions about administrative holds due to missing transcripts, academic integrity training or any other related program requirements should be directed to mspminfo@gwu.edu.

2- Are you a leader looking to improve your leadership skills? The George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. The GWPMA is a student organization with a mission to promote the project management discipline, the MSPM program, and its students while providing professional development and networking activities. The candidate must:

  1. Be a current MSPM student
  2. Be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors

The GWPMA Board of Directors will finalize board Elections on 23 October 2017.

Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017

View list of open positions here.

3- Free events for MSPM students and alumni:

PM University Talks

Thursday, 12 October 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 PM (EDT)

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free to current students. MSPM has one more spot left to sponsor an alumni. Email aesocrates@gwu.edu if interested.

The Power of Communication Webinar, recording now available!  Don’t miss your opportunity to view the GWPMA’s pilot webinar, “The Power of Communication” at the link below! This webinar was made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA International Student Representative). Webinar was held on 29 September and recording is now available for those who missed it.

PLAY RECORDING (1 hr)  https://business-gwu.webex.com/business-gwu/lsr.php?RCID=bbcff12dfa2ee0a4465fc1bdc1011c24  Recording password: (This recording does not require a password)

United Nations 101: Virtual Session (WebEx), October 6

United Nations 101: Virtual Session (WebEx)

Friday, 6 October 12-1 PM EDT

Event Description

Get a deeper understanding of the United Nations through this webinar exclusively for GW students with a UN professional who will share his insights with you. Learn about the structure of the UN, skills needed within different UN organizations and the paths toward getting a foot in the door. Hear tips and suggestions on what might make you a stronger applicant. Presenter: Michael Emery, Director, Division of Human Resources at UNFPA.  Register via Handshake under Events.